Yoga for the Immune System

Feel like you're coming down with a cold?

Try some yoga for your immune system!

Why?  How!?  I'm so glad you asked...

1. Very simply put:  By inverting, you stimulate movement of the lymphatic system that is slowed during sitting and standing, helping your immune system function more efficiently.

2. Rest is invaluable to healing and fighting off infection.  Taking even a few moments to make sure that you sleep more soundly or are more relaxed and de-stressed before taking on tasks can reduce your risk of getting (or staying) sick!

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??Restorative Yoga For the Common Cold:

Do them in the following order, holding each posture 3-5 minutes.  Eyes closed/eye pillow, happy music, candles, etc.  Breathe deeply and slowly in and out through the nose, noticing on the pauses between the inhale and exhale.

Child's Pose

Child's Pose makes everything better.  Take 5-10 deep breaths and let your mind get quiet.

Legs-Up-The Wall

Elevate your hips above your heart with a pillow or two and rest your legs up the "headboard wall"

Reclining Bound Angle

Brace your knees and low back with pillows for support and let your hands rest on your inner thighs.

Supine Twist

Support your knees with a pillow if they don't reach the bed/floor in this pose.

Corpse Pose

Support your back by placing pillows under your knees and rolling a small towel under your neck.

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Next time you're feeling like you might be under the weather - give these restorative postures a try!

*Hint: They put me to sleep like a baby and might just help with your insomnia too!